This is a cartoon/animation which aired between 2005-2010 ish. The teens would be like put into these mazes where they would race against aliens for keys to their dimension and I remember one of the main characters rode a yellow bike that kinda looked like a tron bike.


The thing is above is a vague outline of what the keys looked like but they did have weird symbols and they used to stick to the hood of the cars when collected.

  • Is it anime style, western cartoon style or 3D cartoon?
    – LazyReader
    Commented May 23, 2020 at 2:45
  • yes it has a western cartoon style Commented May 23, 2020 at 3:00

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Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5

One day driving out in the Salt Flats, expert driver Vert Wheeler comes across a dimension called a Battle Zone where he meets a life form called a Sentient named Sage. Together, they assemble a racing team equipped with state-of-the-art weaponized vehicles to compete against the robotic Sark and the animal-like Vandals in the Battle Zones for the devices that control the zones called Battle Keys to determine the fate of Earth.

Battle Force 5 lives on the planet Earth at Vert's garage/race circuit at a town called Handler's Corners. When Tornado-like portals called Storm Shocks appear, they provide access to dimensions in the Multiverse called Battle Zones. All Battle Zones have a Battle Key that allows access to the home world of the ones who accessed the Zone through Storm Shocks. This obligates Battle Force 5 to secure the Keys before the Vandals or the Sark in prevention of the Vandals looting Earth and the Sark taking over Earth.

The Battle Zones were created by the Sentients. There are two types of Sentients: Blue and Red. The two types lived on two separate Homeworlds as rivals, until the blue homeworld was taken over by the Vandals. Throughout the story, Battle Force 5 encounter situations that make them access the Vandal, Sark, and Sentient homeworlds.

Battle Key

Image of a Battle Key

Found with a search for cartoon teenagers storms race aliens "for keys", which led me to this Better Than It Sounds page.

  • brooooooooooooooooooooooo omg thank you this has been bugging me for the longest time thank you so much Commented May 23, 2020 at 4:56
  • It's probably Hotwheels battle force 5. It has yellow bike, keys, villains and storms. Used to love that show.
    – user143346
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 20:09

Judging by your description, time frame .Was it "Oban Star Racers"

  • no but thanks for even taking the time to help me research it Commented May 23, 2020 at 3:24
  • and i just remembered the leader of the group(male) drove a red car similar to a formula 1 and his car had a buzz saw protruding out of the hood at the center. Commented May 23, 2020 at 3:56
  • There's two cartoons I'm thinking of with high speed cars with weapons "Jayce and the Wheeled Warrior" more likely "Motorcity" youtube.com/watch?v=5OyAuYvijPo
    – LazyReader
    Commented May 23, 2020 at 4:34

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